Manchester United 2017/18 - How Jose Mourinho's side will look after £200m summer spending spree
Manchester United are set for the biggest summer in their recent history in terms of transfers, with a number of big names being linked to the club.
Jose Mourinho has been tasked with restoring the Red Devils to the very top of English and European football and will have a huge war chest of around £200million to spend on new players in the off season.
Here is how Manchester United could line up next season.
GK – David De Gea
De Gea has been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, but United are keen to keep him at the club. The Spaniard saw a deal to take him to the Santiago Bernabeu fall through at the last minute in 2015, before penning a new contract with the 20-time Premier League champions.
The future is bright at Old Trafford and everyone will hope David De Gea stays to be a real part of it.
LB – Benjamin Mendy
Monaco look set to win Ligue 1 this week, despite having considerably fewer resources than domestic rivals Paris Saint-Germain. Their squad is brimming with talent, right through the team, and French left-back Benjamin Mendy has been a standout performer.
Mendy and co. reached the Champions League semi finals this season, losing to Juventus. It is likely their team will be dismantled in the summer, and United were linked back in April.
CB – Eric Bailly
Bailly was among Mourinho’s first signings last summer, joining from Villarreal in a £30million deal. He has settled into Premier League life excellently and will only get better next season. It has been a tough season, but the Ivorian, who had spent his entire career in Spain before joining, has been a fantastic signing.
CB – Chris Smalling
Signed from Fulham by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011, huge things were expected of Chris Smalling. Some would say he has failed to live up to expectations, in that he has not successfully replaced Rio Ferdinand as the key man for club and country.
He should still start regularly under Mourinho, despite the boss criticising his mentality at times this season.
RB – Kyle Walker
United will make signing fullbacks their priority this summer, and although Antonio Valencia is a big favourite with Mourinho who has played well throughout the campaign, the club may want more of a top level specialist in the right-back slot next season.
Kyle Walker could be set to leave Tottenham this summer, with reports of a rift with Mauricio Pochettino adding fuel to speculation. If he does depart, you can bet the Red Devils will be heading the queue for his signature.
CM – Paul Pogba
Officially the biggest transfer deal in footballing history saw Paul Pogba return to Manchester United from Juventus four years after leaving. He cost £89million and in truth has had a tough time living up to that hefty price tag.
But that is not to say he has been bad, and it will take time for him to show his best form. Pogba is the linchpin of this side and he will be much better next season.
CM – Ander Herrera
Pogba’s partner Herrera rarely gets the credit he deserves, but his passing range, positional sense and tackling ability make him the perfect central midfielder for Mourinho.
One of the more positive parts of Louis van Gaal’s legacy, Herrera will continue to play a key role in the side.
LM – Henrikh Mkhitaryan
The Armenian struggled to adapt to Mourinho’s demands initially, but he has grown into a massive player for United this season. He may not possess great pace, but technique wise he is outstanding and will only get better.
CAM – James Rodriguez
There are reports in Colombia that James Rodriguez will be swapping Real Madrid for United this summer, and that the £70million deal will be announced after Los Blancos finish off the LaLiga season on Sunday.
He would certainly be a huge coup for the club, and a move to the Premier League could do him the world of good. But he will most likely want Champions League football.
RM – Juan Mata
Many believed Mata would be first out the door when Mourinho arrived after he sold the player to United from Chelsea in 2014. But there seems to have been no resurfacing of such issues, with the Spaniard playing a key role in the team this season.
ST – Antoine Griezmann
One rumour that will not go away is that United are planning to exercise an £86million buyout clause in Antoine Griezmann’s contract at Atletico Madrid.
After helping the club to the Champions League final and France to the brink of Euro 2016 success, Griezmann is now seen as one of the world’s best and could be the ideal man to replace the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front.